The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics by Adrian Moore

Adrian William Moore ( and studied under Michael Dummett and is President of The Aristotelian Society (2014-2015). He has published

  • (1990) The Infinite (London: Routledge). A revised second edition, with a new preface, was published in 2001.
  • (1997) Points of View (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • (2003) Noble in Reason, Infinite in Faculty: Themes and Variations in Kant’s Moral and Religious Philosophy (London: Routledge)

His latest book, The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics: Making Sense of Things,  is concerned with the history of metaphysics since Descartes. Taking as its definition of metaphysics ‘the most general attempt to make sense of things’, it charts the evolution of this enterprise through various competing conceptions of its possibility, scope, and limits. The book is divided into three parts, dealing respectively with the early modern period, the late modern period in the analytic tradition, and the late modern period in non-analytic traditions. In its unusually wide range, Moore’s study strives to refute the widely held belief that there is some unbridgeable gulf between analytic philosophy and philosophy of other kinds. It also advances its own distinctive conception of what metaphysics is and why it matters. Moore explores how metaphysics can help us to cope with continually changing demands on our humanity by making sense of things in ways that are radically new. You may disagree with some of Moore’s stances, but his account of the history of metaphysics will be reached for by many in the years to come. Be one of them.

692 pages in Cambridge University Press

First published 2011

ISBN 978-0521851114

Adrian Moore

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